When Writers Behave Badly

banned_book_with_lockReading is a funny thing. Our love of books is what bonds us at Bas Bleu and beyond into a community of bluestockings. And yet the reading experience is also deeply personal, just you and the book dancing a tango of emotion and thought that is unique to every reader. For though they may be reading the exact same book, no two people experience it in the exact same way. The same can be said for a reader’s relationship with a book’s author, that woman or man whose words have the power to amuse us, frighten us, stir our very souls.  Continue reading

April 2015 Book a Month: And Only to Deceive

And Only to DeceiveAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2015 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions, author interviews, or other bonus materials to enrich your reading experience—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Emily, the heroine of April’s Book a Month selection, And Only to Deceive, is a girl after our own hearts: She uses the Victorian period of obligatory mourning for her dead husband (she hardly knew him!) as the perfect excuse to stay home and read. But waiting until after your husband is dead to really get to know him is tricky stuff, as Emily soon finds out when surprising truths about Philip, the late Viscount Ashton, begin coming to light in this mystery. Continue reading